How to play craps

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Craps is the dice game. It is played on a green table with a special layout showing where to place betting chips. The person who rolls the dice is called the "Shooter”. Players take turns clockwise to become the shooter. The players are playing against the casino.

There are two stages in the game: 1) the Come-Out Roll and 2) Series

During the Come-Out Roll stage players make a Pass Line bet. After placing the bets, the Shooter throws the dice. The dice must bounce off the far wall that surrounds the table. The shooter must throw the dice with one hand.

Players must make Odds bets together with a pass line bet. Odds bets have no house edge, while a house edge at pass line bets is 1.414%. The chips that represent the player’s odds bet are put behind the pass line bet chips. If the shooter rolls seven out, the player loses his pass line bet as well as odds bets. Although the player can increase his pass line bets, he can’t remove them; an odds bet can be changed and removed between rolls in a series.

After starting a series, the shooter’s aim is to roll his point number once again before he rolls a 7.

Below there are some things to be known when you are playing craps.

A Buck is a round black and white disc which is placed white side up on the point number on the craps table after a shooter has thrown a point. When there is no point, the buck is put black side up at the edge of the table layout.

As a rule, Pass Line bets are only made when a Come-Out roll is going to be placed, but there are casinos that allow placing pass line bets anytime.

The same shooter keeps rolling the dice till he sevens out during a series roll or just refuses to be the shooter.

To buy betting chips you have to place your money on the table before the dealer never give money directly to the dealer.

The dealer is one of the persons to assist at a craps table. There is also a stick man. This person moves 4 to 6 die in front of the shooter. The shooter chooses two, and then the stick man removes the remaining die.

During a series "Point" numbers pay out as follows:
Those payouts are concerning to the number of possible ways of throwing the particular numbers.

Rolling a 7 is an advantage for the Come-Out roll. In the Come-Out roll you win when the shooter sevens out. A 7 is a disadvantage for the series rolls, when a 7 will bring you a loss.

Minimum/maximum bets and the type of bet allowed in the game vary from casino to casino. Below you can find a description of the most frequently-encountered bets (the Pass Line and Odds Bets are described above).

A Don't Pass Line Bet is the bet on that the Come Out bet is 2, 3 or 12. These numbers would lose in a Pass Line bet. As a rule, casinos only permit for two of these three numbers to pay out. One of these numbers is a "push," and you get your bet back. It is the casino that decides which number - 2 or 12 will be the push. As soon as a point is set, a Don't Pass Line bet will win if a 7 is thrown before the point. A Don't Pass Line bet can be withdrawn between rolls. When you win a pass line bet pays off 1 : 1.

A Come Bet is made after a point has been determined in a Come-Out roll. After placing a Come Bet in the "COME" bar on the table, the bet wins if the roll results in a 7 or 11 and loses when there is a 2, 3 or 12. If the roll results in 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number will become the "Come Point." After that the dealer moves the come bet from the "COME" bar to that come point number on the table. When the Come Point number has been thrown before a 7, the come bet will pay even money. Otherwise, the bet is lost. An unsettled Pass Line bet and an unsettled Come Bet can’t be withdrawn.

A Don't Come Bet is the opposite of a Come Bet. You can place this bet as soon as a point has been set in a Come Out roll. This bet is put on the "Don't Come Bar" on the table layout. This bet wins when the shooter throws a 3 or a 12. The bet looses when there is a 7 or 11. The roll result of a 2 is considered a push and you get your bet back. If there is any of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number will become the "Come Point." After that the dealer moves the come bet from the Don't Come bet from the "Don't Come Bar" to that Come Point on the table. The Don't Come Bet wins even money for a 7 and loses if the shooter throws the come point. An Unsettled Don't Come Bet can’t be withdrawn.

A Come Odds Bet and Don't Come Odds Bet are similar to the putting of Odds Bets on a Pass Line bet. An Odds Bet is placed under the Come and/or Don't Come bets under the Point number on the table. Odds bets pay out like the regular odds bets.

A Place Win Bet is made on that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will be thrown before a 7. A Place Win Bet is placed in an unmarked bar just under the box with the appropriate number on the table. Place Win Bets are paid as follows:
the numbers 6 and 8, 7 : 6
the numbers 5 and 9, 7 : 5
the numbers 4 and 10, 9 : 5

A Place Lose Bet is made on that a 7 will be rolled before a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. This bet is placed in an unmarked bar above the box with the appropriate number on the table. Place Lose Bets are paid as follows:
the numbers 6 and 8, 4 : 5
the numbers 5 and 9, 5 : 8
the numbers 4 and 10, 9 : 5

A Buy Bet is made on that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will be rolled before a 7. This bet is placed on the appropriate number on the table and is covered with a "BUY" marker. The casino charges a 5% commission for placing buy bets. If the player loses or removes a Buy Bet, the commission is paid back to the player. Buy Bets are paid as follows:
the numbers 6 and 8, 6 : 5
the numbers 5 and 9, 3 : 2
the numbers 4 and 10, 2 : 1

A Lay Bet is made on that a 7 will be rolled before any a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. Lay Bet is set on the unmarked bar above the box with the appropriate number and is covered with a "Lay" marker. The casino charges a 5% commission for placing lay bets. These bets can be removed. Lay Bets are paid as follows:
the numbers 6 and 8, 5 : 6
the numbers 5 and 9, 2 : 3
the numbers 4 and 10, 1 : 2

A Field Bet is a bet that the roll will result in a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. This bet is put in the "FIELD" section of the table before throwing the dice. If a 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 comes up, the field bet will win even money. If there is a 2 or a 12, the field bet will win 2 : 1. If the roll results in a 5, 6, 7 or 8, the field bet is lost.

An Any 7 Bet is the bet that the next roll will result in a 7. It is places on the "Seven" box in the table. If a 7 comes up, the bet will pay out 4 : 1.

An Any 11 Bet is the bet that the roll will result in an 11. This bet is put on the box in the table layout with two dice adding up to 11. If an 11 comes up, the bet will pay out 15 : 1.

An Any Craps Bet is the bet that the roll will result in a 2, 3 or 12. These bets are put in the "Any Craps" box on the table. The bet pays out 7 : 1.

A Horn Bet is placed in the hopes that the roll will result in a 2, 3, 11 or 12. This bet pays out as follows
the numbers 3 and 11, 15 : 1,
the numbers 2 and 12, 30 : 1.

A Hardway Bet is the bet that before a 7, the numbers 4, 6, 8 or 10 will come up as doubles, for example, two 3's equaling a 6. This bet pays out as follows
the numbers 4 and 10, 7 : 1
the numbers 6 and 8, 9 : 1.